Hike Pacaya Volcano
Guatemala › Pacaya, Guatemala
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Hike to the summit of this active, Guatemala volcano.
The hike up to the summit of the Pacaya Volcano in Guatemala is a great solution if you're looking for the thrill of a hike on an active volcano, without the exertion of some of the other volcano summits in the region. It is an easier trip along mostly flat, well maintained trails that only takes a few hours - a great option for a half day excursion from nearby Antigua.
The hike starts through dense forest, eventually reaching the moonlike scenery of volcanic gravel and dust. You may be confused by the local children trying to sell you marshmallows and hot dogs on the way up the mountain, but you'll be pretty bummed if you don't buy some once you see others roasting their snacks over lava hot spots.
As with many volcano excursions in Central America, the best way to experience this trip is by booking a guide with one of the local outfitters. They are super experienced, knowledgable, friendly, and fun. OX Expeditions is a really great option and provide tours throughout the day.
- Hiking shoes
- Marshmallows and hot dogs
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Had the pleasure of doing this hike with an old geologist I was traveling with. About 3/4 of the way up, after seeing debris being thrown from the summit we were inching towards, I asked for his professional assessment of the situation. His response: "You know boy, you just never know when these things are gonna blow." He then turned towards the summit and we pushed on...
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